Cen­tre­point gives $30k jack­pot a crack

The Tribune (NZ) - - NEWS - RICHARD MAYS

The tem­per­a­ture just went up at Cen­tre­point The­atre.

Sit­ting on $1500 for a while, a re­cent in­fu­sion of lu­cre has caused the fund­ing ther­mome­ter in the Palmer­ston North the­atre’s Church St win­dow to climb a cou­ple of de­grees, mean­ing that Cen­tre­point is now al­most a third of the way to rais­ing $15,000.

Ac­cord­ing to artis­tic di­rec­tor Jeff Kingsford-Brown, it’s im­por­tant be­cause $15,000 could be­come $30,000.

Creative New Zealand an­nounced a 10 per cent fund­ing cut for the the­atre in April, fol­low­ing a de­crease in Lotto prof­its.

The na­tional arts agency had of­fered some com­pen­sa­tion for the loss by mak­ing a one-off dol­lar-for-dol­lar ges­ture for any new spon­sor­ship Cen­tre­point brought in this year, to the value of $15,000.

Kingsford-Brown is de­ter­mined to make the most of that of­fer be­fore it ex­pires on De­cem­ber 31.

‘‘In 2012 we were funded with $485,000, then lost $85,000 over three years. Now we’re at $425,000, and it’s a strug­gle. We’ve got fixed costs to con­tend with that we can’t get around.’’

Part of the dif­fi­culty for Cen­tre­point was that any spon­sor­ship had to be ‘‘new’’.

‘‘While that might work in big­ger cen­tres like Auck­land or Wel- ling­ton where there are plenty of new busi­nesses to ap­proach, there’s such a small pool here, and we’re re­ly­ing on in­di­vid­u­als - [The­atre] An­gels and spon­sors.’’

Kingsford-Brown said he un­der­stood the predica­ment Creative NZ was in, and that the prov­inces were not a high fund­ing pri­or­ity, but was re­main­ing posi- tive and thank­ful for the high level of business and com­mu­nity sup­port the the­atre re­ceived.

Any pre-Christ­mas prezzies though, would be gratefully ac­cepted.

The Streaker, Kings­fordBrown’s fi­nal show as artis­tic di­rec­tor af­ter five years at the helm, opens on Novem­ber 17.

PHOTO: CARLY THOMAS/FAIR­FAX NZ

Cen­tre­point The­atre’s artis­tic di­rec­tor Jeff Kingsford-Brown is hop­ing the tem­per­a­ture will con­tinue to rise.

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